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Magazine Fall 2006 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 




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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66 


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Dear Alumni: 


with deep affection for Northwestern State University, I am 
extremely proud that we have met and exceeded the goal 
for the university's first-ever capital campaign with a year to go before comple- 

Our goal was $18.84 million and more than $27 million has been raised. 
This money will help all areas of the university. It will enhance academic pro- 
grams, provide scholarships for students, help maintain our successful athletic 
program and more. I thank all of you who have been willing to help the universi- 
ty. Each contribution is important and goes to help improve Northwestern. 

As you receive this issue of the Alumni Columns, the fall semester has 
begun at Northwestern. We anticipate another strong freshman class this year 
with students who will become campus leaders and successful alumni. 

In addition to the Alumni Plaza, a number of important capital projects on 
the Natchitoches campus are expected to move forward during the 2006-2007 
academic year. Renovation projects for Caspari Hall and Williamson Hall have 
received funding for planning and design work. The university hopes that con- 
struction can begin next year and the two buildings can be complete by 2008. 

Once work is complete, Caspari Hall will house the Office of Enrollment Ser- 
vices, the Registrar and Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid, sim- 
plifying the admissions process for students. Northwestern also hopes to obtain 
approval for the second phase of new student housing. University Place, a 380- 
bed residence hall, opened last fall. 

I hope many of you will be able to join us for this year's Homecoming cele- 
bration. Great things are continuing to happen at Northwestern and each of you 
plays a role in our continuing success. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, 91 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni and friends, 

It is a wonderful time to be a part of the NSU family. 
The past year at Northwestern has been phenomenal on 
many levels and school pride is at an all-time high. Even as our Capital Cam- 
paign exceeded all goals and expectations, the NSU family was still feeling pos- 
itive effects of the exposure created for the school after basketball season. 
These and our many ongoing projects have me looking forward to Homecom- 
ing, when visiting alumni will be able to view our latest enhancement with the 
unveiling of the Alumni Plaza. 

Great events surround all of NSU's athletic contests and provide a time for 
reunions, tailgating and supporting the Demons, both at home and on the road. 

Please continue to let us know about your milestones and accomplish- 
ments - your former classmates want to know where you are and what you are 
doing. We invite you to visit campus, view the new Alumni Plaza and find the 
names of former classmates, teachers and mentors among the engraved fix- 
tures. Most of all, please continue sharing your Northwestern pride with others. 
The effects of positive words from our graduates can not be measured. 

Thank you for all you do in your continued support of our alma mater. 
Northwestern State University. 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria. 199.1 

Vice President K. Michael Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary-Treasurer. Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggie 

Natchitoches. I98.'>. 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston. Texas. 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Joseph B. Stanley . ,. Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington. 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Metairie. 1986 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport. 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria. 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orieans. 1993 


Shantel Wempren Thibodaux 

SGA President 

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Dr. Chris Maggio. 1985. 1991 


Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Com- 
mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur. Georgia 30033- 
4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associ- 
ate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age. or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 

Our Bri g hter Tomorrow 

Capital Campaign reaches individuals, provides pathways to the future 

Shane Creppel isn't waiting to show 
his thanks for the assistance he has 
received in attending Northwestern State 

Creppel, a freshman from Natchi- 
toches, is the recipient of the Joe Sampite 
Family Scholarship and the J.W. Johnson 
Kiwanis Scholarship. Creppel, the first 
person in his family to go to college, said 
getting involved is one way to acknowl- 
edge the support he received and be a suc- 
cessful student. He is a Hospitality Man- 
agement and Tourism major and serves as 
a senator for the Student Government 

"it's up to us to get involved and 
make the university more competitive," 
Creppel said. "Students should get 
involved and give back. It gives the uni- 
versity a better image." 

Creppel is among the students who 
have benefited from Northwestern 's first 
Capital Campaign. The campaign began 
in 2000 with a goal of $18.84 million by 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 
Office of Alumni and Development 



With your help and generosity 

Northwestern State University's 

"For a Brighter Tomorrow" 

Capital Campaign 

has exceeded its goal! 

Please join us for a 



Saturday, September 16 

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

at the new 

Wellness, Recreation, & Activity Center 

on the NSU Campus 

NSU vs. Delaware State at 6:00 p.m. 

Turpin Stadium 
For football tickets call 318-357-4268 

RSVP by September 11th to 

Carmel Bourg at 318-357-4360 or 

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the end of 2007. But with more than a 
year to go, the university has raised more 
than $27 million to enhance academic 
programs, provide scholarships and assist 
the NSU athletic program. 

"I have had complete confidence 
from the time this campaign was envi- 
sioned that our alumni and friends would 
show their support for Northwestern in an 
unprecedented way," said NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Those associated 
with Northwestern know that this institu- 
tion is a special place. They are willing to 
generously support the university when 
asked to do so." 

NSU has received donations for its 
first three $1 million endowed chairs. The 
Erbon W. and Marie Wise Endowed Chair 
in Journalism, the Charles Ragus Family 
Endowed Chair in Business and the 
Melba Law Steeg Endowed Chair in Edu- 
cational Technology Leadership, were 
established with a gift of .$400.0(K) to the 
NSU Foundation, which was matched 
with $600,000 from the 
Board of Regents Sup- 
port Fund. Endowed 
chairs allow Northwest- 
ern to provide research 
funding and support for a 
nationally recognized 

The university also 
has more than 30 
endowed professorships 
worth $100,000 each. 
Interest generated by the 
endowment will fund 
faculty research and 
development along with 
needed equipment. 

"This campaign has 
raised awareness among 
our alumni and friends 
about the importance of 
private giving in assisting 
Northwestern," said 
Director of Alumni and 
Development Dr. Chris 
Maggio. "The university 
can no longer rely on just 
state allocations to carry 

out its mission, but needs donors to aug- 
ment salaries, provide faculty and pro- 
gram support and create scholarships for 

Maggio said this campaign has 
changed perceptions about those who 
support Northwestern. 

"In the past many people thought 
Northwestern alumni and friends could- 
n't or wouldn't give to the university in a 
major way," said Maggio. "This cam- 
paign has shown what our supporters can 
do as a group. Each gift has been impor- 
tant as we worked to meet and exceed our 
goals. We have built momentum in the 
area of fundraising and will build on that 

NSU's College of Nursing has bene- 
fited from two joint ventures which will 
be worth approximately $5.5 million over 
five years. Because of the support. North- 
western has expanded opportunities for 
nursing students in Shreveport and 

"Gifts that we have received during 
the Capital Campaign have helped the 
College of Nursing in a major way," said 
Dr. Norann Planchock, dean of the Col- 
lege of Nursing. " of limited 
resources, we had to limit the number of 
.students in the program. These joint ven- 
tures have allowed us to hire additional 
faculty and enrollment." 

The College of Nursing was able to 
enroll 50 additional students because of 
the gifts it received. One donor also pro- 
vided a stipend for students. This type of 
support in addition to private scholarships 
has allowed a number of students to con- 
tinue their education. 

"A number of our students have a 
tough time making ends meet while they 
are trying to earn a degree," said Plan- 
chock. "Without the generosity of indi- 
viduals who contribute toward scholar- 
ships, they would not be able to continue 
their education. Any type of financial 
help a burden on them." 

Northwestern "s athletic program has 
also been a major part of the capital cam- 

According to Director of Athletics 

See Capital Campaign Page 2 

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Alumni News 

University appointments confirmed 

College of Education 

Dr. Vickie S. Gentry lias been named 
dean of the College of Education at 
Northwestern State University. She has 
served as acting dean since 2004. The 
appointment has been approved by the 
Board of Supervisors of the University of 
Louisiana System. 

Gentry has been at NSU since 1997 
as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human 
Performance. She was named acting head of the Department of 
Health and Human Performance in 2000 and department head in 
2001 . Gentry was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2002. 

a Research and Graduate Studies 
Dr. Steven Horton has been named 
dean of Graduate Studies and Research 
and Associate Provost at NSU. Horton 
will oversee the university's graduate pro- 
grams, the Office of Research and Spon- 
sored Programs, the Office of Institution- 
al Research, the Office of Planning and 
Assessment, and efforts to promote and 
develop academic research by faculty and students. He will 
also coordinate the University's international program initia- 
tives, including the International Student Exchange Program. 

Louisiana Scholars' College 

Dr. T. Davina McClain has been 
named director of the Louisiana Scholars' 
College at Northwestern. McClain was an 
associate professor of classical studies 
and an advisor for nationally competitive 
awards at Loyola University of New 

McClain has been a member of Loy- 
ola's faculty since 1995 with areas of special interest in histori- 
ography, women's studies, Latin literature and the Greek novel. 
She also was on the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Col- 
leges and Indiana University where she received a master's and 
doctorate. McClain received her bachelor's degree at Trinity 

Student Affairs 

Dr. Patrice Moulton has been named 
vice president for Student Affairs at 
Northwestern State University. She has 
been acting vice president since Septem- 
ber 2004. 

In her new role, Moulton will over- 
see areas including the Departments of 
Student Activities and Organizations, Stu- 
dent Services, Residential Life, Public Safety and Transporta- 
tion, Wellness and Recreation and Enrr)llment Management. 

Over the past year, Moulton has overseen the imple- 
mentation of Northwestern Express, a new program designed to 
bring together all areas of the campus community. She has also 
supervised the transition to University Place, a new campus res- 
idence hall and the first year of operation at the Wellness, Recre- 
ation and Activity Center. 

Continued from Page 1 

Greg Burke, 22 endowed athletic scholar- 
ships have been established since the 
beginning of the Capital Campaign and 
two more are pending. That total includes 
three fully endowed $100,000 scholar- 
ships - The Charles Ragus Athletic 
Scholarship, The Dan and Lilly Chase 
Athletic Scholarship, and The Jack Clay- 
ton Athletic Scholarship. 

Private funds raised during the cam- 
paign have assisted with several capital 
projects and physical improvements, 
including the grandstand project at 
Brown-Stroud Field, creation of the John- 
nie Emmons Academic Center and the 
Stroud Hospitality Room in the Athletic 
Fieldhouse. The athletic program has also 

received funding assistance for installa- 
tion of Astroplay all-weather turf at 
Turpin Stadium, installafion of lights and 
other enhancements at the Demon Soccer 
Complex and renovation of the Walter 
Ledet Track Complex. 

Burke said that annual dollars gener- 
ated through the NSU Athletic Associa- 
tion have enabled the Athletic Depart- 
ment to keep up with the rising costs of 
athletic scholarships. Since the begin- 
ning of the campaign in 2000, the athlet- 
ic scholarship budget has increased by 
over $750,000. Yet, because of annual 
gifts from alumni and friends, NSU has 
continued to offer the full complement of 
scholarships in all sports permitted under 

NCAA guidelines 

"Development efforts for the NSU 
athletic program must focus on both 
today and tomorrow," said Burke. 
"There is the ongoing challenge of keep- 
ing up with rising costs in areas such as 
scholarships, travel, and equipment. At 
the same time, the program is not moving 
forward without also addressing long- 
term projects, such as endowments and 
facility enhancements. NSU Athletic 
Association donors have been tremen- 
dously helpful on both fronts and are 
greatly appreciated for their vision and 

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A full slate of activities awaits 
returning alumni and friends during the 
2006 Homecoming Festivities Oct. 26- 
28. We look forward to welcoming our 
alumni, friends and future students to 

Times on some activities are subject 
to change and checking with organizers is 

Thursday, October 26 

NSU Retirees Reception 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — President's Home 
Reception for all Northwestern Retirees. 

Friday, October 27 

Alumni Association Board Meeting 

10:00 a.m. at the Red River Waterway Commission 
Building on the Highway 1 Bypass directly across the 
street from the Mariner's Restaurant. Annual Board of 
Directors meeting open to the public. 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

1:00 p.m. — NSU Recreation Complex 
Come participate in the annual golf scramble on the 
18-hole golf course for $50 per player (includes golf 
cart and lunch by Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time is at 
1:00 p.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. 
Reservations can be made by calling Drake Owens at 
(318) 357-4243 or email at wdowens82(S) . 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

1:30 p.m. at the Red River Waterway Commission 

Building on the Highway 1 Bypass directly across the 

street from the Mariner's Restaurant. Open to the 


Alumni Plaza Dedication 

3:00 p.m. — Creative and Performing Arts Complex 
Join us as we unveil the new Alumni Plaza Courtyard 
in the heart of the Creative and Performing Arts Com- 

For more information, please call Drake Owens at 
(318) 357-4243 or email at wdowens82® . 

Homecoming Parade 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual Home- 
coming Parade for both the Northwestern and Natchi- 
toches communities. Begins at Prather Coliseum and 
ends at the Downtown Riverbank. Pep rally on the 
Riverbank will follow parade. 


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Student Union Lobby 
Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, Excellence 
in Teaching Award Recipients, Long Purple Line Recip- 
ients, and President's Distinguished Service Award 

Homecoming Banquet 

7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom 
Join us for the annual banquet, as we honor the Long 
Purple Line Recipients, the President's Distinguished 
Service Award Recipient, Excellence in Teaching 
Award Recipients and the N-Club Inductees. Tickets 
are $15 per person and can be purchased at the 
Alumni Center or by calling 357-4414 or 1-888-799- 
6486. A reception prior to the banquet will be held 
from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Student 

Saturday. October 28 

College of Education Reunion 

8:30 a.m. - Teachers Education Building 
All graduates of the College of Education are invited 
to attend a breakfast that will honor the inductees of 
the College's Hall of Distinguished Educators. For 
more information, call the College of Education at 
(318) 357-6288. 

Track Alumni Reunion 

9:00 a.m. — Walter Ledet Track Complex 
For more information, please call the Athletic Depart- 
ment at (318) 357-5251 or email . 

College of Business Brunch 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon— Natchitoches Room, Rus- 
sell Hall 

All College of Business alumni are invited to renew old 
friendships before the game. For more information, 
call the College of Business at (318) 357-5161. 

University Bookstore Open 

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union 

Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU memo- 


N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

10:30 a.m. - Magale Recital Hall 

For more information, please call Gil Gilson at (318) 

677-3141 or email at Gilson(a> . 

Alumni Tailgating 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 

The Alumni Association will be serving plate lunches 

for $5 per person. All NSU Alumni are invited to come 

by the tent and grab something to eat before the 

game. It will be a great time to visit with friends you 

haven't seen in a while. 

Tailgating Activities 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent to 
Turpin Stadium. Various groups, including the Greek 
organizations, N-Club and College of Education will be 
tailgating prior to the football game. 

1956 Football Team Reunion Reception 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stroud Room in the Athletic 


For more information, please call Janay Matt at the 

NSU Alumni Center at (318) 357-4415 or email at 


Alumni Art Show/Picnic 

12:00 Noon — Orville Hanchey Gallery 
Northwestern State University's School of Creative & 
Performing Arts, Fine & Graphic Arts Department, will 
host an inaugural alumni exhibit in conjunction with 
this fall's Homecoming celebration. For more infor- 
mation, please call Leslie Gruesbeck at (318) 352- 
6974 or email at gruesbeckl(a) . 

Pregame Activrtles 
1:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of Northwest- 
ern Marching Band and other game day activities. 

Homecoming Game vs. Texas State 

2:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

3:30 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium 

Band Alumni Party 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) 

Alumni Center 

Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Stroud Room in the Athletic 


For more information, please call Yonna Pasch at 

(318) 357-5438 or email . 

By invitation only. 

N-Qub Bartjeque 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Shriners' Club 

For more information, please call Gil Gilson at (318) 

677-3141 or email at . 

"Boogie on the Bricks" 

7:00 p.m. (approx.) — Front Street 
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live music, 
food and drinks as Natchitoches puts on its best for 
the Demons' 

Other Homeconfiing Activities 

Kappa Sigma 40* Anniversary Reunion 
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 27-28 
Activities include receptions, chapter meeting, tailgat- 
ing, & football game. Activities for families included! 
Information mailed to membership in July 2006 
For more information, please call Steve Horton at 
(318) 357-5851 or email at hortons(5) . 

Pi Kappa Phi 50**^ Anniversary Reunion 

For more information, please call David Morgan at 
(512) 694-4639 or email at ddm( . 
Wes Breeden at (425) 213-4978 or email at 
wesbreeden(g> , or Jack McCain Jr. at (318) 
352-8624, or Mike "Mickey" Murphy at (504) 443- 

Cane River Belles/Demon Dazzler 30* Anniversary 
Alumni Reunion 

For more information, please call Abe Anthony at 
(318) 357-5088 or email at . 

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Alumni art 
exhibit to open 

"Joyful Sorrow," 
mixed media work 
by Phyllis Lear 

An untitled work, acrylic on canvas by James M. Webb 

Northwestern State University's School 
of Creative and Performing Arts, Fine & 
Graphic Arts Department, will host an inau- 
gural alumni exhibit in conjunction with this 
fall's Homecoming celebration. The exhibit, 
An Alumni Affair: The 
artistic evolution of Jive 
NSU graduates, will fea- 
ture the work of NSU 
alumni Preston Gilchrist 
of Alexandria (MA 1993), 
Bill Gingles of Shreveport 
(BA1979), Phyllis Lear 
(MA 1994), Susan Clary 
Norman of Natchitoches 
(BA 1975, MA 1996), and 
James M. Webb of Austin, 
Texas (BS 1984, MA 

An Alumni Affair will open in the Orville 
J. Hanchey Gallery, Monday, Sept. 25 and 
will culminate at noon on Saturday, Oct. 28 
with a brown bag picnic/artists' reception and 
an artists' talk by the participating artists. 
The picnic will take place 
on the lawn of the Creative 
and Performing Arts Com- 
plex. The public is invited 
to attend. The event is co- 
sponsored by the Fine & 
Graphic Arts Department, 
the Student Art Society and 
the Office of Alumni 
Affairs at NSU. 

General gallery hours 
are 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Mon- 
day through Friday, or by 
special appointment. For 
further details, please con- 
tact Leslie Gregory Grues- 
beck. Gallery Director (NSU 1987, 1994), 
Orville J. Hanchey Gallery, at 318 357-4483, 

Untitled work in 
charcoal on 
paper by 
Preston Gilchrist 

25th anniversary salute to spotlight 1981 
NCAA championship relay team 

Marking the 25th anniversary of Northwestern State's 1981 NCAA 
4x100 meter relay victory, NSU director of athletics Greg Burke 
announced on June 6 that coach Jerry Dyes and the four AU-Ameri- 
can sprinters on the fabled team will be honored this fall at the university's Oct. 
28 homecoming festivities. 

The relay team and Dyes will be enshrined in the Graduate N Club Hall of 
Fame, the highest honor Northwestern affords its former athletes and coaches. 

"These five men were responsible for what many consider the most remark- 
able competitive achievement in the nearly 100-year history of athletics at North- 
western State University." said Burke. "Our homecoming celebration this fall is 
an appropriate time for thousands of Demon fans to pay tribute to the ground- 
breaking national championship and the men who made history, and especially 
to Coach Dyes for his incredible contributions to our athletic legacy." 

The foursome of Victor Oatis, Joe Delaney, Mario Johnson and Mark Duper 
won Northwestem's first NCAA Division I championship on a steamy Saturday 
evening, June 6, 1981, at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the LSU campus in 
Baton Rouge. They were an obvious crowd favorite, lining up against Georgia, 
Tennessee, Arizona State, San Jose State, Florida State, Arizona, Oklahoma State 
and Baylor in the final. 

Among the world-class sprinters who saw the Demons' heels were Georgia's 
Melvin Lattany and Herschel Walker, Tennessee's Willie Gault and Jeff Phillips, 
Ron Brown and LaMonte King of Arizona State, and Virgil Torrence from San 
Jose State. 

The Demons' 39.32 fime set a stadium record. After winning. Northwestern 
vaulted into sixth place in the team standings, with six of the 16 points coming 
from a third-place showing by Steve Stockton (252-10) in the javelin earlier in 
the day. 

Delaney, who died in a heroic 1983 rescue attempt of three drowning chil- 
dren (one survived), was already inducted in the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame 
at NSU for his track and football exploits. Delaney was a two-sport Ail-Ameri- 
can for the Demons and an All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Duper, who began his football career as a junior at NSU and became an All- 
Pro receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was elected last year to the Graduate N 
Club Hall of Fame but his induction was delayed because a scheduling conflict 
preventing him from attending. Duper and Delaney are members of the Louisiana 
Sports Hall of Fame. 

Oatis, also a two sport star for the Demons who went on to play in the NFL, 
was previously chosen for Graduate N Club Hall of Fame honors, but was unable 
to travel home from Canada for the ceremonies. Johnson, who like Duper won 
All-America honors again in 1982 with a second-place finish in a school record 
39.03 time at the NCAA meet, is serving in the military in the Far East and will 
return to NSU for the Oct. 28 event. 

Dyes built a nationally-competitive program at Northwestern with the relay 
team and Stockton's performances as the most outstanding highlights. 

The Demons won the NCAA title only weeks after Delaney was the Kansas 
City Chiefs' second-round selection in the 1981 NFL Draft. 

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Campus News 

Culinary Arts concentration provides a taste of food and 
beverage industry for aspiring chefs/managers 

NSU's burgeoning concentration in 
culinary arts is attracting students from 
widely diverse backgrounds who are 
interested not only in learning how to pre- 
pare fine dining cuisine, but also the busi- 
ness side of the food and beverage indus- 
try. Culinary arts courses are offered 
under the Hospitality Management and 
Tourism (HMT) program and appeal to 
students interested in careers in catering 
and restaurant management as well as the 

"Some students are crossing over 
from other majors to take the classes as 
electives. You can get a minor in culinary 
arts or pursue the concentration under 
HMT. There may be a situation in which 
a business major or general .studies major 
gets a minor in culinary arts." said 
instructor and NSU Alumnus Todd Bar- 
rios. "We're opening up the availability 
of classes to a greater range of people." 

Barrios, a Certified Executive Chef. 
teaches four culinary arts classes and 
plans to increase the program's visibility 
by offering leisure cooking classes and 
demonstrations for the general public. 
Classes currently being offered include 
advanced baking. Garde Manger: the art 
of the cold kitchen, advanced food prep 
and catering/buffet. A food science 
course and lab are prerequisites for the 
classes. Other courses tied to the concen- 
tration are meal management, large quan- 
tity cooking, food and beverage manage- 
ment, which teaches the business behind 
the industry, and food service layout, a 
course in which students learn how to 
design a commercial kitchen. 

"It's a complete restaurant and food 
production curriculum." Barrios said. 

"We added the concentration 
because we had quite a few student 
requests and phone calls asking if we had 
a program." said Dr. Patricia Pierson. 
head of the Department of Family and 

NSU culinary arts students Chance Price and Justin Nelson learn to prepare different 
types of meringue with help from instructor Todd Barrios, right. 

Consumer Sciences (FACS). "We 
re.searched other curricula from schools 
all across the country and developed what 
we thought was a good fit for our pro- 

Barrios, an award-winning chef who 
spent a portion of his career in restaurant 
management, earned an undergraduate 
degree in 1993 through NSU's Depart- 
ment of Family and Consumer Sciences 
w ith a concentration in Hospitality. Man- 
agement and Tourism before HMT was 
its own full program. As an undergradu- 
ate, he was a member of the Spirit of 
Northwestern drum line. Barrios worked 
in restaurants and well-known establish- 
ments in New Orleans and Baton Rouge 
before joining NSU's staff in January and 
moving back to Natchitoches with his 
wife, the former Sheree Griffin, and their 
children, Camryn and Caden. 

"I was finding as an executive chef 
and as a food and beverage manager that 
a lot of kids coming out of culinary 
schools were not prepared for the indus- 
try in terms of the knowledge and the 

demands and the pace." Barrios said. 
"I've been doing this the last 12 years. I 
need to prepare them for what to expect 
in this line of work." 

Valerie Thornton, a senior HMT 
major from Lakeland. Fla.. was interested 
in the culinary arts concentration because 
she operates her own catering company 
and wanted to learn more about food 
preparation and gain hands-on experience 
in the production area of the food and 
restaurant business. 

"Some things that have surprised me 
about the business are the amount of 
hours you are required to work even after 
you earn your degree and the amount of 
turnover there is for managers in corpo- 
rate restaurants." Thornton said. "Some 
things that have surprised me about being 
in the kitchen are how intricate the baking 
process is and how much hands-on 
knowledge you need in a kitchen. There 
are so many tricks and tidbits that you 
learn that a book can not teach you." 

Before choosing HMT as a major. 
Thornton worked in the restaurant busi- 


Alunini Columns Fall 200(^ / 

Campus News 

Nurse working abroad plans reunion for NICU unit 

Andrea Noggle, who 
earned a bachelors degree in 
nursing in 2004. is currently 
employed at Landstuhl 
Regional Medical Center 
(LRMC) in Germany, the 
largest military hospital out- 
side the United States and the 
referral center for Europe, the 
Middle East and Africa. 
While still a relatively new 
part-time employee in the 
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
part-time and expecting her 
third child, Andrea planned 
the first-ever NICU reunion 
for LRMC. 

According to Kathleen 
Bailey. NSU nursing faculty 
whose husband was trans- 
ferred to Germany. Andrea 
planned the event from 
scratch with no funding or 

"She planned a great 
event that was well-attended 
by over 200 families whose 
child or children started out at 
the LRMC NICU." Kathleen 
said. "It was sreat for the 

families and for the staff 

The neonatal unit treats 
babies born pre-term or who 
develop problems after birth. 

The reunion was held 
July 15 and several families 
of NICU babies were reunited 
with their caregivers and hos- 
pital .staff. 

Because the relationships 
that develop at the hospital 
are strong, the event was a 

"The reunion was fabu- 
lous. It turned out just as I 
had pictured. When my hus- 
band and I lived in Okinawa. 
Japan. I worked in the NICU 
and we had reunions there, so 
when I accepted the job here 
in Germany I asked if they 
had any reunions so that I 
could help." Andrea said. "It 
was wonderful to see a lot of 
these families again. I had a 
scrapbook area so that fami- 
lies could write down their 
memories from the NICU. 
Several families put in pic- 

Andrea Noggle, RN, BSN, left a 2004 NSU graduate, organized a 
reunion for families treated In the NICU of her hospital in Ger- 
many. She was joined by Kathleen Bailey, RN, BSN, MA, MS, for- 
mer assistant professor In NSU's College of Nursing. 

tures and lots wrote how 
grateful they were to have the 
NICU team." 

Forty-six families attend- 
ed. Among the former patients 
were one 5-month-old Tri- 
somy 18 "miracle baby" and 
the first-ever identical triplets 
delivered at Landstuhl. 

"We had so much fun and 
it was just amazing to have 
people come up to you and 
thank you for putting on such 
an event, it really meant a lot 
to all of those there and I look 
forward to next year." Andrea 

Culinary Arts.. .continued from Page 5 

Bridgette Coleman and Carrie Beth Burns baked 
meringue to form cookies and pie discs during an 
advanced baking class at NSU. The students 
topped the baked meringue pie crusts with fojit pre- 
serves and chocolate. 

ness as a server and cook's assistant. 

"Currently, my career ambitions are 
to stay on track with my catering business 
and use all of my culinary classes to aid 
in making it very successful." Thornton 
said. "If I decide to move out of the local 
area. I would like to be a catering manag- 
er in a hotel or work in events planning at 
a major venue." 

"Starting this past summer and rotat- 
ing every other summer after that, I will 
be teaching a Creole Cuisine class for the 
new Creole Heritage Studies curriculum," 
Barrios said. 

"As we grow. I definitely would like 
to take students to visit professional 
kitchens and bring other professionals in, 
such as a pastry chef," Barrios said. "A 
positive aspect of this degree program is 
that it teaches the business and financial 
aspects as well as the culinary aspect. 
Successful managers should understand 
the concept of what they're serving." 

For more information about North- 
western's culinary arts concentration, call 
the Department of Family and Consumer 
Sciences at (318) 357-5587. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 6 

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Campus News 

Where to Retire Magazine lists 
Natchitoches as among most 
desirable college towns 

Natchitoches was listed among eight 
small cities in Where to Retire Magazine's 
article "Captivating Towns with College 
Spirit." The article appears in the 
July/August edition of Where to Retire. 
The cities were selected for their "laid- 
back, culturally diverse and intellectually 
stimulating" environments that appeal to 
retirees with consideration to cost of liv- 
ing, housing, scenery, and variety of 
leisure activities. 

The article de.scribes the quaint Euro- 
pean ambiance found in Natchitoches 
along with the cultural activities support- 
ed through Northwestern 's presence, such 
as the symphony and theatre, the numer- 
ous festivals held in the area and the mild 

Other cities listed were Las Vegas. 
N.M.; Chico, Calif.; San Marcos, Texas: 
Flagstaff, Ariz.; Boone, N.C.; Gainesville, 
Fla., and Durango, Colo. 

"People who are natives of Natchi- 
toches or who have lived here a long time 
are well aware of its allure, and knew it 

long before the city's increased visibility 
within the past couple of decades." said 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "It is 
gratifying that people, including maga- 
zine writers from far-flung places have 
come to appreciate Natchitoches as an 
historic city with special charm, quaint- 
ness and fine people." 

According to Webb, "the increased 
exposure reminds prospective Northwest- 
ern students and their parents that we have 
an outstanding university with a national 
reputation in a city that is known national- 
ly as well. 

"In view of the fact that NSU has 
become a leader in distance education, we 
now attract students from all over the 
world," he said. "The more opportunities 
they have to learn about Natchitoches and 
its partnership with the university, regard- 
less of the source, the greater the likeli- 
hood that more discerning students will 
make this their university of choice." 

The city of Natchitoches also enjoys its 
working relationship with Northwestern. 

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"We feel the university creates a spe- 
cial atmosphere in our community that 
cannot be found in other small towns," 
said Natchitoches Main Street Manager 
Courtney LaCour Hornsby (NSU 1999) 
"Inclusion in this national publication will 
let people know that Natchitoches is a 
wonderful place to retire and, thanks to 
Northwestern, our city has ready access to 
quality education programs, entertain- 
ment and athletics." 


■ Dr. Willie Hey (M.ED. 1987), a 
Marthaville native who is currently pro- 
fessor of health education within the 
Department of Health, Physical Education 
and Recreation at Jacksonville State 
University in Jacksonville, Ala., was rec- 
ognized as the Health Education Profes- 
sional of the Year for Colleges and Univer- 
sities by the American Association of 
Health Education (AAHE). He received 
the award at the April AAHPERD nation- 
al conference in Salt Lake City. 

The national award is presented 
annually to recognize an individual who 
has made substantial contributions as a 
practitioner to professional practice of 
health education at the college/university 

■ Normal School alumna Nora 
Ti-osclair celebrated her lOO'" birthday 
on June 27. Mrs. Trosclair attended the 
Normal School in the summers of 1924- 
26 and took correspondence courses to 
obtain her teaching certificate. She taught 
for 1 1 years and worked for the Louisiana 
State Department as a caseworker for 18 

■ Jim Hawthorne, a 1967 graduate of 
Northwestern widely recognized as the 
voice of LSU sports, has penned a book 
entitled "The Man Behind the Voice." 
Hawthorne got his start in sports broad- 
casting doing Demon games with Norm 
Fletcher and one chapter of the book is 
devoted to Hawthorne's years as a Demon 
broadcaster The book was published by 

Dr. John Price and his Southern Legacies 
Press and by Moran Printing Inc. in Baton 
Rouge. An accomplished singer, 
Hawthorne has also recorded a CD. 

■ NSU freshman distance runner Cade 
Gentry is the third generation of his fami- 
ly to attend NSU and contend as an athlete 
at Northwestern. His grandfather, Roy 
Gentry, attended NSU on a football 
scholarship and graduated in 1940. Dr. 
Roy Gentry Jr., Cade's father, was a 
long-time professor at NSU, who received 
a scholarship to play football in 1960. 

Cade began his career this semester 
as a member of the NSU cross country 
team and will compete as a middle dis- 
tance runner on the track beginning in the 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 7 

Alumni Gatherings 

6th Annual Buddy Bonnette Memorial Day Golf Scramble 

First flight first place winners were Benny Barron, 
Brett Knecht, Gene Knecht and David Sparks. 

First flight second place winners were David Wright, 
Jay Bankston, Greg Swearingin and Stuart Wright. 

First flight third place winners along with Bonnette 
family members, were Paula Bonnette Nelson, 
James Barrios, Vera Bonnette, Brian Bonnette, 
Randy Bonnette and Jackson Bonnette. 

Second flight first place winners were Kevin Johnson, 
Charlie Wilson, Gene Pickering and Mike Marton. 

Second flight second place winners were Wayne Poyn- 
ter, Bonnie Poynter, Nona Fowler and Sam Fowler 

Second flight third place winners were Bill Callens, Dr 
James Haley Dr Phillip Haley and Larry Skinner. 

Washington, D.C., Crawfish Boil 

Several NSU alumni joined the fun during the Washington, D.C., Louisiana Collegiate Coalition Crawfish Boil. The event was held Saturday, May 13 at Fort Hunt 
Park in Alexandria, Va., and was attended by alumni from several Louisiana Universities. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 8 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Houston Area Crawfish Boil 

Reconnecting at the 
Houston gathering 
were Michelle Strick- 
land, ('93), Brett Harris 
('91), Assistant Director 
of Development Jill 
Bankston ('97) and 
Kendall Acosta ('88). 

Mary Warren Hernan- 
dez ('98). Matt Smith 
('99) and Patrick ('99) 
and Kristin Worsham 
were among those 
who attended the 
Houston event. 

Bobbie Olson ('50) and Billy Scroggins ('51), left photo, and John (75) and Connie ('75) Roberts, right 
photo, enjoyed the crawfish and fellowship at the Houston gathehng. 

Catching up in Houston were Charmetria James, 
Anthony Bailey, and Secunda Bailey '96. 

Library Science Luncheon 

Baton Rouge Coaches Reception 

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Enjoying the Library Science Luncheon were 
Joanne Pickett ('76, '81 ), Margaret Crane ('74, '77), 
Donna Leblanc ('83), Mary Walker ('72, '79, '83) 
and Cynthia Johnson ('75, '80). 


Richard and Sharon Gary (73, 74) were 
among the guests for the Baton Rouge 
Coach's Reception. 



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Sherry Baumgardner ('73), Leola Loftin ('38) and 
Joy Faucett attended the lunch. 





Pauline Jobe ('42), Glen Paddie ('91) and 
NSU Men's Head Basketball Coach fvlike 
McConathy visited during the Baton 
Rouge reception. 

Don Morgan ('57) greeted NSU Men's and 
Women's Track Coach Leon Johnson. 

Present for the Library Science lunch were, seated, 
Marietta Booth ('61) and Pat Beal ('76). Standing 
are Geri Sexton ('61), Carolyn Weber ('63), Polly 
Windham ('57) and Diane Gunter ('68). 

NSU Volleyball Coach Brittany Uffelman, 
Dewain Strother ('84) and NSU Women's 
Basketball Coach Jennifer Graf ('00) visit- 
ed at the reception. 

Ellis Coutee ('60) and Carl Soileau ('84) 
were among the guests at the Baton 
Rouge event. 


Alinvni Columns Fall 2006 / 9 

Athletic News 

1966 Football team will remember sterling season 

Members of the NSU 
Demons' unbeaten 
1966 football team will com- 
memorate the 40^" anniver- 
sary of that incredible season 
with a reunion coinciding with 
the Saturday, Oct. 7 home 
football game at Turpin Stadi- 
um against Sam Houston 

The game is scheduled to 

kick off at 6, although indi- 
cations late this summer 
were that kickoff might shift 
back an hour to 7 for a Fox 
Sports Southwest network 
telecast of the game. Check for 
updated information. 

Team members and 
friends are asked to contact 
the NSU Athletic Department 

at (318)357-5251 for more 
information about reunion activ- 
ities for the Oct. 7 weekend. 

The players and coaches 
on the 1966 team, working 
with others who served under 
head coach Jack Clayton, will 
also enjoy reflecting on their 
time at NSU with a visit to the 
Clayton Plaza located at the 
south end of the playing field. 

The Clayton Plaza honors 
the impact of Coach Clayton 
on his alma mater and on the 
lives of hundreds of young 
men he influenced as the 
Demons' head football coach 
from 1957-66. He led North- 
western to four conference 
championships in 10 seasons, 
culminated by the unbeaten 9- 
team in 1966. 

Return to Paradise... 

Basketball trip planned for December 12-17 

Aloha, again! 

Traveling to Hawaii for 
NSU Demons basketball 
action (and much more) was 
so much fun last year, we're 
doing it again this winter. The 
NSU Alumni Association, in 
conjunction with NSU Athlet- 
ics and the two-time South- 
land Conference champion 
Demon basketball team, is 
organizing a fabulous five-day 

visit to Hawaii as NSU visits 
the University of Hawaii 
Rainbow Warriors on Satur- 
day night, Dec. 16. 

The tour group will fly 
Continental Airlines out of 
Alexandria on Tuesday, 
December 12, connecting in 
Houston and continuing to 
Honolulu. The tour includes 5 
nights in Honolulu just a 
block away from Waikiki 
Beach. The group will depart 

Hawaii on Sunday, December 
17 and will arrive back in 
Alexandria late on Monday 
morning, December 18. 

The $1,160 per person 
rate includes all ground trans- 
portation to and from the 
Honolulu airport and to and 
from the NSU-Hawaii game 
Saturday night, Dec. 16. 
It also is based on a double 
occupancy room at the Ohana 
Beachcomber Hotel, just a 

few dozen steps away from 
Waikiki Beach. The package 
does include a a game ticket 
along with access to team 
practices and other team func- 

Please call the NSU 
alumni center, (318) 357- 
4501 or inquire via e-mail to 
maggioc @ for more 

After leading 
State basket- 
ball to 
unprecedented success over 
seven seasons highlighted 
by a spectacular 2005-06 
campaign. Coach Mike 
McConathy has been given 
the first multi-year contract 
in the school's history. 

The Board of Supervisors 
of the University of Louisiana 
System, meeting June 23 in 
Baton Rouge, approved a 
four-year contract with a base 
salary of $99,000 plus incen- 
tives for McConathy, 51, 

McConathy receives NSU's first multi-year contract 

whose Demons won a school 
record 26 games last season, 
culminated by a first-round 
NCAA Tournament victory 
over 15th-ranked Iowa. 

"Our program is at high a 
level as it's ever been," said 
NSU Director of Athletics 
Greg Burke. "It's important 
that we do everything we can 
do to position ourselves to 
keep moving forward. This is 
an opportunity for the univer- 
sity to make a commitment to 
Mike the way he has made a 
commitment to us." 

McConathy's Demons 
have been to the NCAA Tour- 

nament twice (2001, 2006), 
winning a game each time, 
and have four appearances in 
the Southland Conference 
championship game. North- 
western State has posted back- 
to-back 20-win seasons and is 
the two-time defending South- 
land Conference champion. 

The Demons captured the 
hearts of the nation last March 
with their appearance in the 
NCAA Tournament. NSU 
became the "Cinderella team" 
in the first-round of the tour- 
nament by beating Iowa, 64- 
63, on a last-second basket 
that completed a run from a 

54-37 deficit with eight min- 
utes to play. Iowa was ranked 
15th in the country and had 
just won the Big Ten Confer- 
ence Tournament. 

Northwestern State also 
ranked among the top 10 per- 
cent of Division I basketball 
teams in the nation in the Aca- 
demic Progress Rates report 
compiled by the NCA, track- 
ing how well universities do in 
advancing their athletes 
toward graduation. Under 
coach McConathy, 23 of the 
26 players who have finished 
their careers at NSU have 
earned diplomas. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 10 

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Foundation News- 

Scholarships and Endowments 

As the Capital Campaign 
continues, several gener- 
ous donations have made 
it possible for Northwestern to 
continue its mission of providing 
scholarship opportunities for the 
changing needs of students. 

■ A scholarship to benefit a student 
affiliated with the Baptist church has 
been established through the Louisiana 
Baptist Foundation. 

The T.M. and Emma Bailey Scholar- 
ship will be awarded in the amount of 
$1 .200 per year to a recipient selected by 
the NSU Foundation. First preference 
will be given to a student affiliated with 
the Baptist church. 

The endowed scholarship was estab- 
lished by Rev. Doyle and Barbara Bailey 
of Natchitoches to honor Rev. Bailey's 

Rev. and Mrs. Bailey previously 
established the Doyle and Barbara Bailey 
Family Scholarship for a Baptist student 
and the Armand and Docia Lestage 
LaCour Scholarship for nursing at North- 

■ The Manship Ney Williams 
Endowed Scholarship has been estab- 
lished with a donation to the Northwest- 

ern State University Foundation. The 
scholarship will be awarded with first 
preference to a business major. Band stu- 
dents or students with musical interest 
will receive extra consideration. The 
scholarship was endowed at the $10,000 

The scholarship honors Manship 
Ney "Man" Williams. Williams graduat- 
ed from Northwestern in 1970, where he 
was a member of the Demon Marching 
Band and Concert Band. He was a partner 
and co-owner of F.S. Williams Country 
Store in Ethel. Mr. Williams was killed in 
an accident in December 2005 at age 57. 
The scholarship was made possible 
through donations from the community, 
according to his daughter, Stacy 

■ The Service League of Natchitoches 
presented a $3,000 check to the North- 
western State University Foundation that 
was dispersed among three scholarships 
the League annually funds, along with 
establishing three new endowments. 

The Service League gift provides 
$500 each for the Shirley Pittman Smiley 
Scholarship, the Marcia Thomas Pendle- 
ton Scholarship and the Anna Cloutier 
Harrington Memorial Scholarship. Addi- 
tionally, the League has funded three new 

endowments of $500 each in the names of 
Smiley. Pendleton and Harrington. 

The Shirley Pittman Smiley scholar- 
ship is awarded to a nursing student with 
junior or senior standing who has com- 
pleted specific coursework. The full-time 
student must maintain a grade point aver- 
age of 3.0 or better and be of financial 
need. Preference is given to a student 
from Natchitoches Parish who completed 
lower division education at NSU. 

The Marcia Thomas Pendleton 
Scholarship is presented to a junior or 
senior full-time student with a grade 
point average of at least 2.5 and demon- 
strating financial need. First preference 
is given to a student from Natchitoches 

The Anna Cloutier Harrington 
Memorial Scholarship is presented to a 
full-time junior or senior female student 
majoring in physical education with a 
grade point average of 2.5 or better 
Applicants must submit two letters of rec- 
ommendation and a statement indicating 
the applicant's reason for applying for the 
scholarship, her need for financial assis- 
tance and career goals. Preference is 
given to a student from Natchitoches 
Parish. Children of past or present mem- 
bers of the Service League are not eligi- 

Purchase NSU merchandise at 

If you're an online shopper, there's a new website that covers your 
needs and support Northwestern State athletics. 

It's the website 
shopping mall. 

NSU athletics' official online 

A percentage of each purchase (typically 10-30 percent) made 
online at comes back to support NSU Athletics. 
The prices are the same as if you bought directly from the business. 
The fee that NSU athletics receives from your use of our new web- 
site is not an additional charge. 

There are dozens of nationally-known stores and vendors available 

for your online shopping through online. While NSU 
athletics strongly believes in shopping locally first, and especially 
supporting businesses that are owned/operated by NSU alumni and 
those businesses who are Purple Partners who support NSU athlet- 
ics. Clearly online shopping, especially for items that may not be 
available locally is soaring in popularity, and that's the idea behind 
the website. 

Online shopping is only going to increase. As those who support 
NSU go online to shop, they can get great prices, top-caliber mer- 
chandise and support NSU Athletics at the same time. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 1 1 

Foundation News 

Portraits from the Past 

Ohio artist finds inspiration in faces of Northwestern's Beauties 

Miss Jean Hall 

Miss Bobbie Montgomery 

Miss Clayton Hall 

The "Northwestern Beauties" pic- 
tured in the 1936 Potpourri were 
the inspiration for a series of 
paintings by an Ohio artist, who found 
the photos in a yearbook that belonged to 
a friend's mother. 

Artist Lesley Midlam Walton of Van- 
dalia. Ohio, created a series of oil paint- 
ings inspired by the black and white por- 
traits of co-eds selected by the student 
body based on their attractiveness with 
consideration for friendliness, character 
and personality. 

Walton's friend. Martha Hardcastle 
Guthrie of Clayton, Ohio, is the daughter 
of Anna Mae Edwards Hardcastle. who 
received a 2-year teaching certificate 
from Northwestern in 1934 and later 
returned to pursue a bachelor's degree, 
which she completed in 1946. Anna 
Mae's sister. Alberta Edwards Forbes of 
Baton Rouge, also attended NSU. gradu- 
ating in 1928. Other relatives of the 
Edwards family who attended NSU were 
Mary Edna (Melba) Woodward (1934), 
who was a Beauty in 1933 or 1934. and 
Dorothy Diane Forbes Kaufman of Baton 
Rouge (1957). 

"The only one of the Beauties that I 
knew was Bobby Montgomery, who was 
a good friend of my mother's," Martha 
said. "She went on to do modeling and 
was the mother in a series of primary 
readers in which actual photographs of 
people were used as illustrations." 

Walton's Beauties series was exhibit- 
ed last year in Dayton, Ohio, as part of a 
nostalgic collection of artwork by Mid- 
lam, inspired by photographs from the 
1930s and 1940s. 

"I have always loved nostalgia. I 
would prefer to watch an old black and 
white film to any current films with 
color," Walton said. "I realized that I 

could feel like Dorothy when she lands in 
Oz and opens the door to color. I feel like 
I'm taking the subject out of their gray 
world and bringing them to life through 

Walton began the Graduation paint- 
ings in oils on paper to appear more like 
pages from a yearbook. She prepared a 
collection for exhibit and was contacted 
by her friend Martha, a newspaper 
reporter, about an article. 

"Martha was asking me about the 
Graduation series when I mentioned that 
1 had planned on doing other pieces. I 
told her I was having trouble finding 
yearbook photos from the 30's. That is 
when she went and pulled the 1936 Pot- 
pourri book off her bookshelf." Walton 
said. "I was thrilled. When 1 went to look 
1 was fascinated with the Beauties. As I 
turned the pages I could just see them as 
paintings. But then I turned the page and 
saw the Other Beauties. 1 was shocked 
and I felt so bad for them. Not only to be 
the Other Beauties, but to have to share 
the page with the others as smaller 

Walton completed one set of images 
of the Beauties and is currently working 
on the Other Beaufies. She exhibits at 
The Cannery Art and Design Center in 
Dayton, Ohio, and is a member of the 
Dayton Visual Arts Center and the Day- 
ton Society of Painters and Sculptors. 
Walton enjoys portraiture because of the 
personality one can see in a face. 

"I don't see ugly in people's faces, 
but I have seen ugly in people's attitudes 
and actions," she said. 


Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 12 

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Alumni Updates 


H. Joye Smith Carl- 
son is retired, mar- 
ried and lives in 

Joe A. Sterkx is a 
retired claims 
adjuster and co- 
owner of Wilkins 
Claims Service, mar- 
ried and lives in 


William Montgomery 
is retired, married 
and lives in San 
Marcos, Texas. 


Harry G. Murphy is a 
shop teacher, mar- 
ried and lives in Min- 


Stephen Patrick 
Murphy is retired 
and is currently a 
part-time charter bus 
driver. He is married 
to Bonnie Richard- 
son Murphy ('62). 


Camille Gennard 
Bruce is retired, 
married and lives in 

Kelly Peterson is a 
project manager at 
Daniel Measurement 
Control and lives in 


Dr. John Edward 

Kerley is retired, 
married and lives in 


Sandra Mae Caudle 
Triplett is retired and 
currently employed 
at St. Marks Cathe- 
dral School, married 
and lives in Shreve- 


Richard F. Karamatic 
is an assistant direc- 
tor of Administration 
at Henry B. Gonza- 
les Convention Cen- 
ter (San Antonio) 
married and lives in 
San Antonio. 


Pamela Elaine Lock- 
ridge is a non-tradi- 
tional student at 
NSU, married and 
lives in Natchi- 


Dr. Scott Simmons is 
an assistant profes- 
sor, department of 
geriatrics at the Uni- 
versity of Arkansas, 
married and lives in 
Little Rock, Ark. 


Naka M. Bradley is 
coordinator of sup- 
port services at Our 
Lady of the Lake 
Orleans Campus 
and lives in Kenner. 

Alumni Profile 

Sue Holland Pyles 

Sue Holland Pyles graduated 
from Jonesboro-Hodge High School 
in 1955 and attended NSU. where she 
was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha 
and the Student Nurses Association. 
She received her 3-year-diploma in 
1959. a bachelor's degree in 1976 and 
a master's in science in 1981 from 

During her 40-year career in 
nursing Pyles worked first in clinical 
practice for 14 years but devoted most 
of her career to nursing instruction. 
She implemented a successful practi- 
cal nursing program at Jonesboro- 
Hodge High School, a state pilot pro- 
gram that was discontinued after four 
years and taught at Louisiana Tech 
from 1984-98 where she held the St. 
Francis Medical Center Endowed 
Professorship from 1995-98. After 
her retirement, she was called back 
and taught another two years. She 
received the Outstanding Instructor 
Award for the College of Applied and 
Natural Sciences and the Sigma Theta 
Tau Nursing Honor Society Mentor- 
ing Award. 

Changes in the field of nursing 
"occurred quickly and I was part of 
them," Pyles said. She was part of one 
of the first code teams to resuscitate a 
patient and witnessed that process 
evolve, along with advent and devel- 
opment of the Intensive Care Unit. 

As in instructor, research was a 
large part of her career. The three 
main topics of interest Pyles focused 
on were the cognitive process of nurs- 
es, mentoring relationships and right 
and left brain thinking and .she pub- 
lished numerous articles related to 
those topics. 

"I'm very proud of each and 
every one of my students," Pyles said. 
"I always told them that if I was ever 
sick, I wanted to look up and see one 
of them caring for me." 

In 2000. Pyles suffered a stroke, 
but has made nearly a full recovery. 
Pyles said her recovery came from the 
sheer determination to get better and 
through the help of God and her fam- 

"1 talk with others and tell them 
that they, too, can recover," she said. 

Pyles resides in Quitman. She 
and her husband Charlie have three 
grown sons, whose wives are all reg- 
istered nurses, and seven grandchil- 
dren. She is a member of First Baptist 
Church in Jonesboro-Hodge and is 
actively involved in her grandchil- 
dren's sports and activities. She and 
her husband also enjoy traveling and 

Pyles is a member of several pro- 
fessional honor societies and nursing 
organizations. She earned numerous 
honors during her career and was very 
involved in Tech's faculty senate and 
university committees. 

In 2004, Pyles was inducted into 
the Louisiana Nightingale Hall of 
Fame. Although she enjoys her retire- 
ment, she frequently speaks to profes- 
sional and community groups on the 
state and local level about stroke 
recovery and rehabilitation. 


Alumni Columns Rill 2006 / 13 

Alumni Updates 


Vivian Robak Vidrine 
is a plant technician 
at Procter & Gam- 
ble, married and 
lives in Pineville. 

Kelly Grace Ferring- 
ton White is a physi- 
cian assistant at 
Hematology, Oncolo- 
gy Life Center, 
LLC, married and 
lives in Pineville. 

Jaime Caillet is 
employed at Rehab 
Access Physical 
Therapy as a physi- 
cal therapist and 
lives in Destrehan. 


Shelley Yvette Stur- 
divant is employed 
at Morgan Keegan & 
Co., Inc. and lives in 
West Monroe. 


Amie Lynn Stennett 
Sins is co-operator 
of Coast Cabinets, 
married and lives in 

Lakeytha Shurrell 
Guillory Clayton is a 
medical social v^^ork- 
er, married and lives 
in Baton Rouge. 


Erica Michelle 
Andrus is a parale- 
gal at Talbot, Car- 
mouche & Marcello 
and lives in Baton 

Arthur Fields is a 
participant service 
representative for 
Mecer HR Services 
and lives in Houston, 


Ashley Ann Stevens 
Kerr is an X-ray 
technologist at Den- 
ham Springs Urgent 
Care Clinic married 
and lives in Baton 

Bert LeBlanc is 
director of accounts 
at Pinnacle Business 
Solutions and lives 
in Lewisville, Texas. 


Ashley Rae 
Comeaux is a 
research technician 
at UT Southwestern 
Medical Center and 
lives in Dallas, 

Amy Wakefield 
Comeaux is an 
associate minister of 
media at First Bap- 
tist Church of 
Lafayette, married 
and lives in 

Kenny Ray Haymon 
is a physical educa- 
tion teacher and 
head coach of girl's 
basketball team at 
Evans High School, 
married and lives in 

Alyson Courtney 

Alyson Courtney 
recalls her experiences at 
Northwestern as among 
her fondest memories. A 
native of Vivian and a 
1998 NSU graduate, 
Alyson was involved in 
many aspects of campus 
life. She was vice presi- 
•j; dent of Tri Sigma Sorority her senior 
year and a Freshman Connector for 
two years, and was a member of the 
Student Government Association, the 
Order of Omega and Purple Jackets. 
She was on the Homecoming Court in 
1996 and Homecoming Queen and a 
Kappa Alpha Rose in 1997. Courtney 
graduated with a degree in broadcast 
journalism with a minor in marketing. 

Courtney's interest in broadcast 
journalism was sparked as a high 
school student at North Caddo High 
School, where she graduated in 1994. 

"We had a cutting edge telecom- 
munications program that gave me a 
good idea of what the business was 
about and I was hooked," she said. 
"When I was at Northwestern, NSU 22 
was fairly new. Being part of that pro- 
gram taught us so much about how a 
TV station works, the different jobs 
and people it takes to create a newscast 
and that it's not all as glamorous as it 
looks. I anchored some of the news- 
casts. Looking back now, I realize 
how terrible I was, but how much it 
helped me develop my talent and love 
for broadcasting." 

Courtney's first job after gradua- 
tion was at the NBC affiliate station in 
Shreveport, where she was a producer 
for the morning newscast. A year and 

a half later, she took a job as an on-air 
reporter/anchor at the ABC affiliate in 
Victoria. Texas. In 2003, she moved to 
the CBS affiliate station KTHV in Lit- 
tle Rock, Ark., where she is a general 
assignment reporter. 

"The TV news business is always 
challenging. You have to move around 
to move up, but it's also a truly reward- 
ing profession. I have done interviews 
with everyone from President Bill 
Clinton to New York Mayor Rudy 
Guiliani. I've covered plane cra.shes, 
murders, explosions, high profile tri- 
als, soldiers preparing for combat in 
Iraq, political races and even a chicken 
that almost died but was saved when a 
nurse did mouth to beak resuscitation. 
Every day is new. You never know 
what might happen or who you might 
meet. It's an exciting job." 

Courtney is married to KTHV 
weekend sports anchor Wess Moore 
and the couple has one child. 

"It's hard with both of us being in 
such a demanding business, especially 
now that we have a 1 -year-old." Court- 
ney said. "Our daughter Brooklyn was 
born in August 2005. She is my great- 
est accomplishment so far. I hope one 
day she will be a Demon too." 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 14 

Visit our website at: 

Alumni Updates 

The new Equine Center is com- 
plete and is located across from 
the University Columns Apart- 
ments. The barn was designed by Physi- 
cal Plant staff with input from faculty in 
the veterinary technology program. The 
new barn includes 12 stalls, tack room, 
office and hayloft. The facility replaced a 
dilapidated wooden building that was 

"The new barn is nice and easier to 
work in," according to Dr. Brenda 
Woodard, director of the veterinary tech 
program. "It has stalls that open to the 
outside and the inside, which makes it 
easier to move horses." 

In designing the barn, "we were able 
to tell Physical Plant how many stalls we 
needed and what size." Woodard said. 
The facility houses eight horses. 

The Equine Center was well 
received by the Budweiser Clydesdales 
and staff, who used the barn during the 
Natchitoches Christmas Festival. 

"The Budweiser staff said that they 
were very impres.sed by the barn and that 
it was one of the nicest they have stayed 
in on their tour around the country," said 
Chris Sampite. Physical Plant director. 

Future Physical Plant projects 
include interior renovations of the Cam- 
pus Police building, including electrical 
work, structural stabilization and a new 
roof. Constructed in 1920. the Campus 
Police building is the oldest building on 
campus and for years was the college 

Physical Plant also has begun reno- 
vations on Caspari Hall and Williamson 
Hall. Both facilities are under contracts 
with architects for renovations. Caspari 
will be the Student Services Center, a 
"one-stop" for students to lake care of 
registration, financial aid and admis- 
sions. Williamson houses the Depart- 
ment of Engineering Technology and 
will undergo renovations and upgrades to 
support that program. 

A 90*'' birthday celebration was 
held for Dr. Kenneth I. Durr on 
Saturday, July 1 in Nacogdoches, 
Texas, hosted by his family. More 
than 100 people attended, includ- 
ing Dr. Durr's wife, Gloria Durr, 
his children, grandchildren and 
nnany friends. Dr. Durr was a 
beloved accounting professor to 
nnany NSU alumni. He taught at 
NSU for several years in the 
1950s and 1960s. Former stu- 
dents are in the process of estab- 
lishing a professorship in Durr's 
honor in the College of Business. 
More details will appear in the 
Winter edition of Alumni Columns. 





'34 Lois Bonds Nugent, Natchitoches, June 30, 2006 

'50 Nadine Smith Simmons, Natchitoches, June 12, 2006 

Virginia M. Harmeyer, RN, Ph.D., Valdosta, Ga., March 9, 2006 

Paul Hill Keyser Sr., Natchitoches, May 21, 2006, 

Billy Mac Norred, May 26, 2006 

Romer A. Barth Jr., April 26, 2006 

Earleen R. Evans, Feb. 24, 2006 


Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 15 

Alumni News 


Coach Jack Clayton, fresh 
from an undefeated season 
and No. 1 national rating in 
football took over the reins of the 
Northwestern State College base- 
ball team in the spring of 1967. 
Clayton replaced Coach Alvin 
"Cracker" Brown who retired from 
coaching after 26 years as head 
baseball coach at Northwestern. 
Coach Clayton inherited a team 
that had lost its three most consis- 
tent run producing hitters and All 
Gulf States Conference pitcher 
"Deacon" Lewis, who chose to 
devote his time to the Demon foot- 
ball team. 

On the bright side was the 
return of All Gulf States Confer- 

ence catcher Don Calvert. Also 
returning to bolster the team's 
strength were Terry Alario, Ed 
Hartfield, Mike Herron, Gary 
Johnson, Wayne Jowers, Don 
Robinson, Dean Sclavounous, 
Danny Turner, Harry Wilmore and 
David Smith. 

Several freshmen hopefuls 
looked good in early workouts. 
They were Charles Soileau, Leroy 
Husser, Ron Dupre, Jackie Lewis, 
Don Shields, Bob Hetrick, Mau- 
rice Hendrix and Eddie Tompkins. 

That season, the team won the 
Gulf States Conference champi- 
onship and went to the NAIA play- 
off in Coach Clayton's last season 
- 23-1 1 overall, 18-8 in the GSC. 


Coach Jack Clayton and 
graduate assistant Herbie Smith 

Can you named these members of the 1966 State Fair 
Court who shouted from the sidelines as the Demons 
"Wrecl<ed Tech?" The first 10 readers to contact the Alum- 
ni Affairs office at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the following 
individuals who correctly identified the 
B.S.U. quartet. They were Jerry 
McDonald, Byron McCain, Ray Teal 
and Eddie Spurgeon 

Ms. Blanchie Morrison--1955 
Elmer, LA 

Ms. Barbara Jean Abies- 1954 
Sherman, TX 

Mrs. Barbara Hicks Spence--1953 
Springhill, LA 

Mr. Ray Teal--1955 and 1960 
Atlanta, LA 

Mr. Loren Martin--2005 
DeRidder, LA 

Mrs. Glenita McCain 
Rosepine, LA 

Ms. Adrienne Rayborn~1956 
Baton Rouge, LA 

Ms. Sophie Packard~1963 
Natchitoches, LA 

Alumni Columns Fall 2006 / 16 

Alumni Information Update 

Visit our website at www.northwestemalviinni.coin and click on "Update our files" or use this printed form. 

Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information 
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the "Class 
Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our list. We 
can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you. 



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_Year of graduation:. 
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During which years did you attend NSU?_ 

Which organizations were you involved in while a student at NSU?_ 

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Job title: 

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If yes, what degree(s) did he / she earn? 

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Do you have children who are potential Northwestern students? Please tell us their names, contact information, 
and what high school they attend. 

Please return to: Alumni Center • Northwestern State University • Natchitoches, LA 71497 

If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, you 
can contact them at the following address: 

University Recruiting 

South Hall 

Natchitoches, LA 71497 

(318) 357-4503 


Financial Aid 
Room 109, Roy Hall 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 
(318) 357-5961 

Athletic Director 
Room lOlC 
Athletic Fieldhouse 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 
(318) 357-5251 

Demons of Destiny 

It was a thrilling ride with the 2005- 
06 NSU Demons basketball team. 
"The Demons of Destiny" rocked 
the college basketball world 
and rewrote the record book 
under the guidance of Coach 
Mike McConathy. 

To commemorate this magnificent 
season, the NSU Athletic Associ- 
ation and the Demon basketball 
program offers a selection of sou- 
venir items, some which are limit- 
ed edition pieces nearing sell- 
outs. To review all the items and 
make online purchases, visit and click on 
the "Demons of Destiny" souvenir 
button on the upper right side of the 
9 main page. If you're not an online 
shopper, call the athletic depart- 
ment at 318-357-5251. 

Phces range from $15 for a com- 
memorative wall or window poster 
suitable for framing, up to $200 for 
the premiere piece, "Cinderella 

Wears Purple." 

That 18x24-inch piece features the 
classic Doug Daniels photograph of 
Jermaine Wallace shooting the 
game-winning 3-pointer to beat 
Iowa, with an Iowa player stretching 
to block the shot and the score- 
board and crowd in the background. 
Wallace and McConathy auto- 
graphed the photo. The piece also 
includes a copy of the box score 
from NSU's 64-63 win over 15th- 
ranked and third-seeded Iowa, and 
a picture of NSU supporter Karen 
Terrell holding the now famous 
"Cinderella Wears Purple" sign in 
the stands. Less than three dozen 
of these pieces remain available 
from the original 100 on sale. 

The "Demons' Dream Season" 
video yearbook DVD, a 40-minute 
inside look at the remarkable team 
and its accomplishments, is avail- 
able for just $20. Special edition T- 
shirts and the unique "Let's Go to 

Work" hard hats, autographed by all 
team members, are also available. 
T-shirts are $20 for adults, $15 for 
youths, while the hard hats are $40. 
Less than two dozen hard hats 
remain available. 

Also on sale is another limited edi- 
tion, framed and matted piece enti- 
tled "Demons in the Dance. The 
18x24-inch piece features a 

panoramic shot, autographed by 
McConathy, of game action 
between NSU and West Virginia 
and the majestic Palace of Auburn 
Hills, and an authentic game ticket 
from the Demons' first-ever second- 
round NCAA Tournament game, 
along with photographs of the team 
celebrating the win over Iowa. Less 
than half of the initial 60 remain. 

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